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As kids, they were sentenced to a lifetime in prison. A new law might give them a second chance

Monday 29th of June 2020 | North America, United States
The Advocate
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A new law could give some of Louisiana's juvenile lifers a chance at freedom, part of a years-long push to rethink prison sentences in the state with the highest incarceration rate in the country.

Act 99, which passed with bipartisan support, grants automatic parole eligibility to offenders convicted of crimes as children once they have served 25 years and met certain pre-release qualifications. Lawmakers aimed to provide "virtual" juvenile lifers — those serving so many decades behind bars that their time becomes a functional life sentence — the chance to prove they've changed their ways before they reach old age.

Some juvenile justice advocates think the language of the law goes even further. They believe it essentially abolishes the sentence of "life without parole" for children and clears the way for those who received such a sentence to receive a parole hearing automatically.

"This changes so many people’s lives," said Renée Slajda, communications director for the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, a New Orleans-based nonprofit. "It gives every child an opportunity for a second chance. It gives hope to a lot of people and their families who were sentenced as children to die in prison."

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